Crawford leads Celtics to 108-100 win over Bucks
the associated press | December 04,2013
BOSTON — Jordan Crawford scored 25 points, Jeff Green added 18 and the Boston Celtics avoided a third loss to struggling Milwaukee this season by beating the Bucks 108-100 Tuesday night.
Brandon Bass added 16 points and nine rebounds, Avery Bradley scored 15 and Jared Sullinger finished with 12 points as all five starters scored in double figures for Boston, which had lost two of three.
The Bucks had just snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 92-85 win over the Celtics on Saturday in Milwaukee, but couldn’t quite rally from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
O.J. Mayo scored 19, and Brandon Knight had 15 points and six assists for Milwaukee.
Pistons snap Miami’s 10-game win streak, 107-97
MIAMI — Kyle Singler scored 18 points to lead seven Detroit players in double figures, Andre Drummond had 18 rebounds and the Pistons beat the Miami Heat 107-97 on Tuesday night to snap the NBA champions’ 10-game winning streak.
Greg Monroe and Rodney Stuckey each scored 16 for Detroit, which got 15 apiece from Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings. The Pistons led by 18 before Miami got within three points in the fourth, but never trailed in the game’s final 47 minutes.
Jennings sealed it with just over two minutes left, stealing the ball from LeBron James and setting up Monroe for an easy score.
The Heat played without guard Dwyane Wade, the All-Star sitting for the fourth time this season to rest a sore knee.
Mozgov helps Denver top Brooklyn 111-87
NEW YORK — Timofey Mozgov had 17 points and a career-high 20 rebounds in another superb effort by the Denver bench, and the Nuggets raced by the Brooklyn Nets 111-87 Tuesday night for their seventh straight victory.
Kenneth Faried and Jordan Hamilton each added 15 points for the Nuggets, who got 57 points from the NBA’s second-highest scoring second unit. That wasn’t quite the 72 they rang up against Toronto on Sunday, but it was more than enough to dominate the third quarter against the short-handed Nets.
Denver outscored Brooklyn 31-15 in the period that has given the Nets season-long problems, putting it away with a 15-0 run midway through the quarter.
Joe Johnson scored 22 points for the Nets, who still haven’t won consecutive games this season and fell to 5-13 heading into their nationally televised first meeting Thursday with the just-a-little-worse Knicks (3-13).